Been playing with a V13 Tube LDC for a few days, from the folks just down the freeway at Vanguard. It's a very good kind of entry level mic into the within an Uber ride of the ballpark of a 251, maybe with a quick drive into C12 territory, tube mic world. But it's still it's own thing too. And a completely different character from the Mojave MA300 Tube LDC I have in the locker. A little bit colorful (including the "pinot noir" finish and mid century chrome appointments), very creamy and tubey in the top end. Seems to pair extremely well with a 1073 style pre so far, Even some suggestions for tube rolling from Vanguard. A good option to add to the more bread and butter, expected large diaphragm condensers in the studio mic locker. Loving it on vocals (obviously), as a mic to get the body of an acoustic guitar and even as a mono drum overhead. It could well be one of those mics that just works on everything (if you're looking for the coloration). I seem to be gravitating mostly to one click past cardioid on the way to omni position on the pattern selector for most things. The patterns have a very obvious EQ type effect on this mic. It's sort of quirky and goes well with the aesthetics of KM84ish Soyuz Fet 013 SDCs I also use on acoustics and drums. Maybe I'll start a collection of all mid century look styled mics I also dig how more and more mic makers are using wooden mic boxes, very organic Plus the inevitable suitcase to carry everything in like power, cables, shockmount, a spot for a different tube, etc.. will be putting it up next to the U87 for some female vox tonight.